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Word on the Street at Times Square

Times Square Street Pole Banners and Bigbelly Bins
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 768-1560
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  • Date(s): Aug 29, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018

Type: Outdoors, Public Art, Times Square Alliance

In partnership with House of Trees, Times Square Arts presents Word on the Street, a public art commission of political and poetic banners created by female artists and writers that speak directly to the urgent, timeless concerns of the individual, the community, and the requirements of citizenry. The exhibition will appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles in Times Square from August 29, 2017 – February 2018.

Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based public art initiative produced by artist collective House of Trees, consisting of original banners and signage designed by renowned female international artists in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Artists and writers include Anne Carson + Amy Khoshbin, Carrie Mae Weems, and Wangechi Mutu. The ongoing series will continue with new notable female artists premiering original artwork for Times Square signage in the spring of 2018.

Originally created from felt as wearable protest expressions during the Women’s March, the Word on the Street banners and signage consist of a series of poetic political works that speak directly to the moment. The project’s deployment throughout Times Square seeks to create a network of visually disseminated texts that help articulate, empower, and support positive responses to the ever-changing social and political landscape.